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Bernie Sanders now in statistical tie with Hillary Clinton in new national poll

Published 06/02/2016

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and his wave Jane acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt, and his wave Jane acknowledge the crowd as he arrives for his caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, Monday, Feb. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at a Democratic presidential primary debate in New Hampshire (AP)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, speaks during the CNN Democratic presidential debate. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont,, left, and Hillary Rodham Clinton laugh during the CNN Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Democratic presidential candidates from left, former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb, Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, Hillary Rodham Clinton, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, and former Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee take the stage before the CNN Democratic presidential debate. On the far left is moderator Anderson Cooper. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Democratic presidential candidates U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (L) and Hillary Clinton shake hands at the end of a presidential debate sponsored by CNN and Facebook at Wynn Las Vegas in Nevada. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton at the Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. (AP)

The insurgent campaign of Bernie Sanders has pushed the Vermont senator to within points of Hillary Clinton in a new national poll.

After a razor close contest in Iowa where the 74-year-old finished just 0.2 per cent behind Ms Clinton, Mr Sander is well ahead of the former secretary of state in the New Hampshire primary, which is due to be held on Tuesday.

But a new national poll released by Quinnipiac University poll on Friday also revealed that Mr Sanders had closed the gap with Ms Clinton across the country.

Mr Sanders, who was once a full 31 points behind her, is now on 42 points, while Ms Clinton has 44 points. The poll found that 11 per cent of those asked said they were still undecided.

The poll also said that the two per difference between the two candidates, was within the survey’s margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

In contrast, a Quinnipiac survey released in December gave Ms Clinton a 61 to 30 per cent lead over Mr Sanders.

“Democrats nationwide are feeling the Bern as Senator Bernie Sanders closes a 31-point gap to tie Secretary Hillary Clinton,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

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Ms Clinton was still viewed favorably by 75 per cent of Democrats, with 22 per cent reporting an unfavorable view. Mr. Sanders had a 72 per cent-10 per cent favorable/unfavorable split among Democrats.

But Mr Sanders had a 44 per cent/35 percent favorable/unfavorable split among voters overall, compared to Ms Clinton’s negative 39 percent/56 percent favorable/unfavorable split. This could be important in a general election.

Indeed, the most recent poll found that Mr Sanders performed better than Ms Clinton against top Republican contenders in head-to-head match-ups, leading businessman Donald Trump by 10 points, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas by 4 points, and tying with Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.

Ms Clinton, meanwhile, beat Mr Trump by five points, was tied with Mr Cruz, and trailed Mr Rubio by seven points.

The same poll found that Donald Trump still leads the presidential pack among Republican voters nationwide, with 31 per cent, followed by Mr Cruz with 22 per cent and Mr Rubio with 19 per cent.

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